Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: Robin Hood Men in Tights
Cary Elwes … Robin Hood
Richard Lewis … Prince John
Roger Rees … Sheriff of Rottingham
Amy Yasbeck … Marian
Mark Blankfield … Blinkin
Dave Chappelle … Ahchoo
Isaac Hayes … Asneeze
Megan Cavanagh … Broomhilde
Eric Allan Kramer … Little John
Matthew Porretta … Will Scarlet O’Hara
Tracey Ullman … Latrine
Patrick Stewart … King Richard
Dom DeLuise … Don Giovanni
Dick Van Patten … The Abbot
Robert Ridgely … The Hangman
Synopsis from IMDb: A Mel Brooks spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves specifically. The standard story of Robin Hood: Evil Prince John is oppressing the people while good King Richard is away on the Crusades. Robin steals from the tax collectors, wins an archery contest, defeats the Sheriff, and rescues Maid Marian. In this version, however, Mel Brooks adds his own personal touch, parodying traditional adventure films, romance films, and the whole idea of men running around the woods in tights.
Reviewers: VS, PIT #1, PIT #2
VS – 1.25 pointed ears
This is not one of Mel Brooks better films (Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs were much better). Of course that may have a lot to do with the fact that his other films are spoofing entire genres, while this movie relies too much on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Sight gags abound (look for the moving mole on Prince John), but it seems to me that Mel tries to hard to force the humor at times.
I enjoyed this movie. I just don’t believe that it is the best example of Mel Brooks work. It seemed that this movie was rushed into production due the popularity of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
This movie was laugh-out-loud funny all the way through. Spaceballs is the only other Mel Brooks movie I’ve ever seen.
PIT #2 – 2 pointed ears
This and Spaceballs are the only Mel Brooks movies I’ve ever seen. This movie was hilarious from start to finish.
5.25 pointed ears out of 6
Definitely a must have for a complete Mel Brooks collection. It’s not an unwatchable movie and I’m not recommending against watching this film. However, if you’re really wanting to watch a Brooks film there are better choices. Brooks aficionados will probably find better examples of his humor in some of his other movies. Initiates to Mel Brooks unique perspective will enjoy this movie.